It isn’t often that the components of a presentation — speaker, topic, content, and delivery — all come together and result in a total far greater than the sum of its parts. Martin Lemelmans' presentation of his journey from busy, working artist/illustrator of children's books, husband and father, a person following all the usual all-consuming paths to a life and career, to the man who was stopped by a nearly mystical revelation, leading him to the discovery of his real purpose: to use his gifts to tell the story of his mother, Mendel’s Daughter, a Holocaust survivor.

The title of the presentation suggests a “how to” for the audience, more or less to do one's family memoir. It does tell “how”, but that is where it transcends the immediate, and brings the audience to a level of interest and involvement that quickly becomes fascination. The talk, augmented with visuals, creates an experience for the listener/viewer that resounds within the heart long after.

—Constance Alongi, M.A.


2008 Appearances

October 16, 2007 to January 27, 2008
Original art from Mendel’s Daughter in
the exhibition “De Superman au Chat
du Rabbin”
Le Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme
Paris, France

Thursday, January 10, 2008  
Presentation and book signing
Le Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme
Paris, France

Thursday, February 7, 2008—4:15 PM
Lehigh University, Maginnes Hall
Bethlehem, PA

March 6, 2008 to June 8, 2008
Original art from Mendel’s Daughter is included in the exhibition “Superheroes and Schlemiels. Jewish Memory in Comic Strip Art”
Joods Historisch Museum
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sunday, March 9, 2008—10:30 AM
Jewish Community Center of Wyoming Valley
60 South River Street
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702

Wednesday, April 9, 2008—2:00 PM
National Council of Jewish Women—New York Section
820 Second Avenue
New York, NY

Sunday, May 11, 2008—2:30 PM
Presentation and book signing
Joods Historisch Museum
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Monday, June 23, 2008—10:30 AM
2008 Association of Jewish Libraries Annual Convention
Marriott Cleveland East
Cleveland, Ohio 44122

Sunday, July 20, 2008—1:30-4:30 PM
US Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024



2007 Appearances

Wednesday, January 10, 2007
JCC Klein Branch
Philadelphia, PA

Sunday, January 14, 2007
Monmouth County Library
Manalapan, NJ

Friday, January 19, 2007
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Easton, PA

Monday, February 5, 2007
Kings Bay YM-YWHA
Brooklyn, NY

Friday-Sunday, March 9-11, 2007
Workshop, Presentation and Book Signing
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI

Monday, April 9, 2007
Lower Macungie Library
Macungie, PA

Sunday, April 29, 2007
Museum of Jewish Heritage
New York, NY

Sunday, July 15, 2007
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Washington, DC

Sunday, July 24, 2007
The National Yiddish Book Center
Amherst, MA

Monday, September 17, 2007
Womelsdorf Community Library
Womelsdorf, PA        

Monday, October 1, 2007
Simon & Schuster, Inc.
New York, NY

Sunday, October 7, 2007
US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Washington, DC

October 8, 2007
Beth Sholom Congregation
Elkins Park, PA 19027

Thursday, October 11, 2007
Freehold American Association of University Women
Freehold, NJ

Monday, October 29, 2007
David Posnack Jewish Community Center
Davie, FL

Thursday, November 8, 2007
Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City
Overland Park, KS

Saturday, November 17, 2007
National Council of Teachers of English
Javits Convention Center
New York, NY

Sunday, November 18, 2007
Allentown Chapter of Hadassah
Allentown, PA

Monday, November 19, 2007
Pearl Landau Mainline Hadassah
Har Zion Temple
Penn Valley, PA

Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Holocaust Education Workshop 4-7 PM
Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education.
Melrose Park, PA
(215) 635-8940 ext. 1218

2006 Appearances

Thursday, October 5, 2006
Kutztown University
Kutztown, PA

Thursday, November 2, 2006
Books & Books
Coral Gables, FL

Thursday, November 10, 2006
Emmaus Public Library
Emmaus, PA

Sunday, November 12, 2006
Atlanta Jewish Community Center
Atlanta, GA

Sunday, November 19, 2006
Reading Jewish Community Center
Reading, PA

Monday, November 27, 2006
The Leonard Lopate Show
New York
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Tuesday, November 28, 2006
The 92nd St. Y
New York, NY

Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Take Charge of Your Life Radio Program
Lehigh Valley, PA

Saturday, December 9, 2006
The Doylestown Bookshop
Doylestown, PA

Sample Pages
Preliminary Art
Author Interview
Reader's Guide
About the Author
Picture of Gusta
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